Need I say more? I LOVE the beach. In fact, when we win the lottery, the first thing we are doing is looking for a beach house. I just can’t get enough of it!
As much as I love, love, love the beach, this trip got off to a rocky start… for several different reasons. First, this is the trip that we planned last year. We had to cancel after Dad’s medical issues. So, trying to work out our rental house ended up being a huge deal. A huge pain in the rear. I won’t go into all the drama and tears that this company (owner) caused me before leaving for this trip. That would take a whole other blog entry, so I will just leave it at this…. Please don’t ever contact www.relaxonthebeach.com for your vacation rentals.
Okay, now I feel better.
After all that drama, we then had to worry about the oil spill, of all things! Luckily, it was not an issue at all. The beaches were beautiful, and we stuffed ourselves full of all the seafood we could handle. Aside from the news coverage, you would have never known from being at the beach that there is actually a huge, devastating oil spill occurring right now.
On top of all that, we awoke Saturday morning (our day of departure), and I got Cole out of his crib and he was burning up. His temp reached 103.6, and even though Matt and I had a 5K to run that morning before we left, we had to skip out on that. Instead, we spent the morning at the doctor.
But….. even after all that happened….. after all the drama that occurred before the trip, we were bound and determined that this vacation WOULD happen. So, we set off Saturday afternoon with a sick, sick child and an oil spill threatening our trip. We had decided we would drive halfway Saturday and spend the night in a hotel, and that night ended up being the funniest night of the trip. We’ve never stayed in a hotel with both kids, so we knew it was going to be a very interesting night. It ended up working out much better that we expected. There are definitely perks to having a husband that travels. Not only did we have a free night with reward points, but we were updgraded to the “penthouse.” We had a suite that overlooked the river and city, and our entire suite was windows. Chloe and Cole were entertained looking out the windows and watching the boats, the carriage rides, and the trains that choo-chooed by. Our upgrade also came with a free bottle of wine, brie, and crackers, which entertained me and the Daddy. We laughed because Chloe and Cole have another thing coming if they think all hotel rooms are like this!
Cole was no where near his normal self, but he hung in there. He and Chole were both running through every room/bathroom in our suite, and Chloe thought it was our new house. After getting settled, we walked to dinner, an halfway through the meal, Cole put his head down and stayed that way until we were finished. We have never seen that child do that, so we kew he was sick. I picked him up at the end of the meal, and he was burning up again. We got back to the room and put him straight to bed at 7:30, to which he had absolutely no objection.
Chloe, Daddy and I stayed in the living room watching tv, and since there were no kid shows on, we had to keep Chloe occupied. We were all silly and delirious, but Chloe had a blast and was able to stay up until almost 10:30. Her daddy didn’t want her sleeping on the pullout living room couch by herself, so hel slept with her while I had the king bed to myself. Not a bad deal, I didn’t think! Matt got the brunt of that deal. Not only could he not get Chloe to stop talking to fall asleep, but then he couldn’t get her back to sleep when she woke at 2:30 wanting to start the day and get to the beach. After about 45 minutes of coaxing her and then finally telling her she could suck her thumb (a horrible habit we are doing everything to break), she finally went back to sleep. Since Cole and I had the bedroom to ourselves, I was oblivious that any of this ever occurred. That morning, though, Matt said he would never sleep with Chloe again.
We loaded back up, and next stop…. the beach! The DVD did a good job of occupying the kids, but once we got close to the water, it started pouring. It rained a good portion of day, but by the time we got everything unloaded out of everyone’s car and getting the kids to nap, the rain had stopped. Because of Cole’s fever/sickness, he did not nap well, so I put him on my chest and the rain lured us both to sleep. Once awakened though, we hit the beach. This was Cole’s first time to the beach, but he took right to it.
The rest of the week was spent chasing the kids around in the sand/water. As much fun as we had with them, it was equally as fun when they napped. That’s when we had our quiet beach time to sleep/read/drink/be lazy/relax. Depending on our mood, we either finished the day by eating out or cooking seafood. We had lots of good shrimp and Royal Reds. Uncle Austin and Danie were able to make it for half the week, but sadly, Uncle D couldn’t leave work. Such a bummer.
Sometimes the beach just doesn’t seem the same without a frosty cocktail. That’s too bad for Dad, though, because he is no longer allowed to drink because of the possible counteraction of his meds. I don’t know why we haven’t thought of this before, but it occurred to Matt that Dad may like to have some O’Doul’s. And he did! He and Danie were O’Doul’s partners-in-crime this week.
Chloe and Cole had a great week with Pappy, Papa Rod, Uncle Aus, and Danie, and Chloe wouldn’t leave Danie’s side. Chloe ended up enjoying the pool more than the beach, but Cole liked them both. He was sick pretty much the entire trip, but he handled it like a champ. As much as he liked the beach sick, I know he would have really loved it if he were feeling 100%.
I think we are all ready to go back again….. however….. I do not care to have a repeat of the drive home any time soon. Cole was a m.o.n.s.t.e.r. It took us a couple of hours longer than it should have to get home because we had to stop several times. I don’t know what his deal was, but he would not be happy. Chloe, the easy child, was perfectly fine watching movies the whole way, but nothing would satisfy Cole. We could not wait to get out of the car. But, that was a small price to pay for such a great week at the beach. We’re ready to start planning the next beach getaway!